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Keep the Sides Basic
With a solid main course (and delicious wine), you can afford to keep your side dishes simple. In fact, some of the best accompaniments to the entrée are also the cheapest. Think roasted root vegetables like carrots and rutabaga; potatoes in all their glory; and, even homemade applesauce. Another inexpensive side (whether or not you're serving roast beef) is Yorkshire pudding, which is just eggs, milk, flour, salt and butter. One more piece of advice from Fisher: Use ramekins to make everyday foods like mac 'n' cheese, potatoes au gratin or any other casserole-type dish feel special in individual servings.